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About this Document

The American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) is pleased to release version 1.0 of Scope and Standards of Practice for Cannabis Nurses. The field of cannabis nursing is an emerging specialty in nursing, one which calls for a clear definition and domain of practice. This document follows the American Nurses Association (2015) Scope and Standards of Practice (third edition) and it is the first step toward ACNA’s goal of cannabis nursing being recognized as an official nursing specialty. Future steps include the development and addition of advanced practice nurse scope and standards, and consultation with the ANA regarding the nursing specialty recognition process. Eventually this work may lead to a clearly delineated board certification process for cannabis nursing.

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ACNA Scope & Standards of Practice for Cannabis Nurses  (Approved July 14, 2017)

Disclaimer: Nurses must be aware that cannabis and most cannabinoids are federally illegal. They must also be knowledgeable about their state’s delineated scope of nursing practice and consider the legal status of cannabis in the given state and community where they practice. ACNA is not responsible for individual nurse interpretation or misuse of this document.


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